Noelle Stevenson

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Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson.jpg
Noelle Stevenson in 2015
Born (1991-12-31) December 31, 1991 (age 27)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California,[1] U.S.
Alma materMaryland Institute College of Art
Known forNimona (Creator)
Lumberjanes (Co-writer)
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Creator, Show-runner & and Producer)
Home townColumbia, South Carolina,[2] U.S.

Noelle Stevenson (born December 31, 1991) is an American cartoonist and animation producer. She is known for the fantasy comic Nimona and the comics series Lumberjanes, and has won an Eisner Award for both of them. She is also the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the animated television series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.


Stevenson attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.[3] During her junior year, she created her soon-to-be popular character Nimona as part of an assignment in one of her classes. In summer 2012, Stevenson began creating a webcomic around the character, and soon signed with a literary agent who found the webcomic online.[4] Nimona's adventurous story would later double as Stevenson's senior thesis in 2012.[3]


While attending MICA, Stevenson gained fame as a fan artist, under the name "gingerhaze", for her "hipster Lord of the Rings" characters.[5] She also created cover art for Rainbow Rowell's novel Fangirl. In the summer of 2012, Stevenson interned at BOOM! Studios, a comic publishing house in Los Angeles. After her graduation from MICA in 2013, Stevenson returned to BOOM! to help develop, and eventually write, Lumberjanes.[6] Lumberjanes was recognized as Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens in the 2015 Eisner Awards.[7]

Besides Lumberjanes, Stevenson also gained fame as the creator of Nimona, a webcomic about a supervillain's shape-shifting sidekick. In 2012, Soon after posting the first few installments of Nimona online, Stevenson signed with a literary agent, who helped Stevenson sign with HarperCollins to publish Nimona as a graphic novel.[4] For her work on Nimona, Stevenson won Slate Magazine's 2012 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year,[8] and the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint.[4] Stevenson was also named a 2015 National Book Award Finalist for the graphic novel version of Nimona.[4]

In addition to her comic and graphic novel work, Stevenson did freelance illustration for Random House, St. Martin's Press, and Label Magazine. She has also worked with Ryan North on his Kickstarter-funded book To Be or Not to Be, a choose-your-own-adventure-book based on Shakespeare's Hamlet.[6]

Since 2015, she worked as a writer for Marvel Comics on the comics Thor Annual[9][10] and Runaways.[11] She is also part of the writing team of Disney's animated TV series Wander Over Yonder, beginning with Season 2 in 2015.[12]

In April 2017, she made a guest appearance in two episodes of Critical Role, a web-series in which voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons.[13]

Since December 2017, Stevenson is executive producer of DreamWorks Animation Television's rebooted She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated television series on Netflix, the first season of which was released on 13 November 2018.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Since July 2018, Stevenson is engaged to fellow cartoonist Molly Ostertag.[15][16][17]


Graphic novels[edit]

  • Nimona (w/a, HarperCollins, 2015)

BOOM! Studios[edit]

  • "The Sweater Bandit" (w/a, in Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #1, January 2013, collected in Volume 1: Mathemagical Edition, tpb, 160 pages, 2013)
  • "Desert Treasure" (w/a, in Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special, July 2013)
  • Lumberjanes #1–17 (April 2014–August 2015)
    • Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (collects #1–4, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 128 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 2: Friendship to the Max (collects #5–8, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 112 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 3: A Terrible Plan (collects #9–12, w, with Shannon Watters and Carolyn Nowak, tpb, 112 pages, 2016)
  • Sleepy Hollow 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, backup stories, November 2014–January 2015)
    • Sleepy Hollow: Volume 1 (tpb, 112 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Movie Night" (w/a, in #1, 2014)
      • "At the Fair" (w/a, in #2, 4, 2014)
      • "Shopping" (w/a, in #3, 2015)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Runaways vol. 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, August–November 2015)
    • Battleworld (tpb, 120 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Doomed Youth" (w, with Sanford Greene, in #1–4, 2015)
  • "Thor" (w, with Marguerite Sauvage, in Thor Annual #1, April 2015, collected in Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer?, hc, 136 pages, 2015)

DC Comics[edit]

  • "Wonder World" (a, with James Tynion IV, in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #23–24, February 2015, collected in Volume 2, tpb, 144 pages, 2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Center for Cartoon Studies / Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize Best Web Comic of the Year Nimona Won [8]
2015 SFWA Nebula Award Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nimona Nominated [18]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best New Series Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen)
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Publication for Teens Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen)
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Digital/Webcomic Nimona Nominated [20]
2015 National Book Foundation National Book Award Young People's Literature Nimona Finalist [21]
2016 Harvey Awards Executive Committee Harvey Award Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Grace Ellis)
2016 GLAAD GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comic Book Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh)
2016 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Graphic Album: Reprint Nimona Won [19]


  1. ^ Brown, Tracy Brown, Tracy. "Noelle Stevenson invites everyone into comics - Los Angeles Times".
  2. ^ "Columbia native Noelle Stevenson shares experience of swift rise in comics field - - You need the news, not the paper". 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "She Changed Comics: Modern Age and Manga | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund". Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  4. ^ a b c d Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2015-10-15). "From idea born at MICA, Noelle Stevenson is the youngest 2015 National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  5. ^ Woerner, Meredith (2011-06-28). "Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies!". Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  6. ^ a b Art, Maryland Institute College of. "Noelle Stevenson | MICA". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  7. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (2015-07-11). "2015 Eisner Award Winners: Was This The Best Ever Year for the Eisners? (Hint: We Won An Award)". ComicsAlliance.
  8. ^ a b "Announcing the Winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize". Slate. 2013-03-01. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ "Noelle Stevenson Makes Hers Marvel with Thor Annual". Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  10. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2014-11-11). "CM Punk and Noelle Stevenson to Write Thor Comics in 2015". Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  11. ^ Maggs, Sam (2015-02-27). "SOMEONE HOLD ME: Lumberjanes' Noelle Stevenson Is Reviving Runaways for Marvel". Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  12. ^ Kahn, Juliet (2014-09-03). "An Interview With The Creators of 'Lumberjanes'". Archived from the original on 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Critical Role Episode 92". Geek and Sundry. 2017-04-03.
  14. ^ "'She-Ra' Scores Netflix Reboot Through DreamWorks Animation". 12 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Noelle Stevenson Is Making an Animated She-Ra Series for Netflix". Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Noelle Stevenson [@Gingerhazing] (July 14, 2018). "Something pretty great happened this morning" (Tweet). Retrieved November 28, 2018 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Molly Ostertag [@MollyOstertag] (August 11, 2018). "From July 14: My whole heart" (Tweet). Retrieved November 28, 2018 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Noelle Stevenson - The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  19. ^ a b c "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  20. ^ "2015 Eisner Award Nominations Announced". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2017-03-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, 2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  22. ^ "2016 Harvey Award Winners Announced". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  23. ^ ":ist of Award Recipients: 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles The Beverly Hilton, April 2, 2016". GLAAD. 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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